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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

easyTree Re:It's a bad sign (223 comments)

Once again, I've got to disagree at a basic level with this reasoning. This is a cog in the machine of disempowerment; the belief that consensus is needed. The will of one mind is enough to keep am ideal alive and effect change.

about a week ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

easyTree Re:It's a bad sign (223 comments)

And that there is the problem: "We are powerless should should not care. "

about a week ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

easyTree Re:It's a bad sign (223 comments)

Hint: they do realize but don't care. Shame doesn't mean anything to the wolves - that's for the sheep.

about a week ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

easyTree Re:It's a bad sign (223 comments)

Welcome to Amerikkka; land of the free; free as in slavery, not as in beer :P

about a week ago
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Net Neutrality Comments Surge Past 1.7M, an All-Time Record For the FCC

easyTree Re:In a strange coincidence... (81 comments)

Ahhah - funny one - that would only be the case if voting meant more than leg exercize.

about a week ago
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Net Neutrality Comments Surge Past 1.7M, an All-Time Record For the FCC

easyTree OMG! (81 comments)

That'll take the issue-thank-you-for-your-feedback-then-discard-message bot ages to process those.

about a week ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

easyTree Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Finds She Lied On Her Routine Background Check To Protect Herself From Others' Biases. NSF Follow-Up By Lying About Their Reasons For Dismissing Her.

Further amendment.

about a week ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

easyTree Re:Colourless (228 comments)

Teeth turn yellow naturally.

The USAPFT* has cast significant doubt on the inevitability of this.

(*) US Association for the Promotion of Fake Teeth

about two weeks ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

easyTree Re:Uhh... (228 comments)

In the spirit of a verbal contract, I call the patent on this :P

about two weeks ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

easyTree Uhh... (228 comments)

DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

Bio-engineering a human caffeine gland; duh! :P

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot redirecting users to horrendous beta site, even after huge backlash

easyTree Karma-reward checkbox (1 comments)

I see a 'disable advertising' checkbox over to the right; would someone be nice enough to introduce a 'disable whining about beta' checkbox?

Pretty please... :D

about two weeks ago
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Could tech have stopped ISIS from using our own heavy weapons against us?

easyTree That would be cool (1 comments)

Then hackers could disable the weapons 'for the lolz' or because of an ethical stance against warmongering. I say go for it.

about two weeks ago
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Changing the Rules of a 15-Year-Old Game: Quake Live Update Causes Controversy

easyTree Re:It's not Unreal Tournament either (170 comments)

UT was the game skilled people played

I liked the pr0n mod... *MONEYSHOT*

about two weeks ago
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Changing the Rules of a 15-Year-Old Game: Quake Live Update Causes Controversy

easyTree Re:It ain't no Team Fortress Classic (170 comments)

TFC was the game for wallhacking n00bz0rs :)

FTFY :P

about two weeks ago
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Euro Bank Santander Commissions Study On Bitcoin's Impact On Banking

easyTree Re:Come see a large bank being cheap (50 comments)

Everybody tell us their best ideas on how we should do our jobs and one of you might win $5000 whilst we save millions. Yay \o/

Awesome. I'm surprised they didn't post a question on Slashdot!

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

easyTree Re:maybe (355 comments)

The GP; duh.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

easyTree Re:maybe (355 comments)

Doesn't really matter though, you can't charge somebody for bandwidth used to move data, only the bandwidth the end user used. Imagine if you went to buy milk and bought a gallon but were charged for 1.25 gallons because of spillage in the bottling plant. Not legal. Not even a little. You have to work that cost into what you charge for a gallon, and then charge for the gallon the end user buys.

I had a similar experience in Paris; upon arrival of an ordered taxi, the driver explained that she was going to charge twenty Euros for the drive from her previous drop-off location to our pick-up point in addition to any charge for *our* journey. Is this a one-off or systemic? In the UK, your milk-pricing model is in force for taxis.

about three weeks ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

easyTree Re:Land of insanity (421 comments)

I'm not clear that members of the CIA consider themselves patriots so I'm going with 'nope' on that.

about three weeks ago

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Why is SlashDot serving 480x400 'ads' claiming 'drivers are out of date' ?

easyTree easyTree writes  |  about 5 months ago

easyTree (1042254) writes "It's not enough that these are blatantly a malware delivery vector but they are HUGE and placed above the site's navigation bar, thus pushing the site itself so far down the page as to be almost off the screen when the site load.

Seriously? This makes the whole beta thing pale into insignificance.

Also, the poor grammar is making my eyes hurt. The least you could do is to take some basic style-tips on use of capitalization within your trojan-delivery ads — it would make them OH so much more appealing.

Thanks."

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Cardiff City Council sets new low

easyTree easyTree writes  |  more than 4 years ago

easyTree (1042254) writes "

At little more than the length of a single bicycle, the £2,000 road marking has left cyclists in Cardiff bemused. The feature, thought to be the shortest cycle lane in Britain, has been installed to encourage green transport. Cardiff Council claims that it will help riders safely navigate a turn on a new road layout. But riders in the city say the brevity of the red and white marked stretch of road renders it pointless. Kevin Hughes, 47, a cyclist from the Welsh city, said: "It's just hilarious. I saw it as I was cycling past and couldn't believe my eyes. Obviously nobody could cycle in it because it is so small. You just have time to get in the saddle before getting off again."

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a day out with the police

easyTree easyTree writes  |  more than 6 years ago

easyTree (1042254) writes "Today (Well, Monday) I wrote my first blog entry ( http://easytreeblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/day-out-with-police.html ). Or rather it started as almost a personal diary-entry describing my unexpected day out with the police, to be used as a reference point for later.

My question to slashdot is.. What should I do?

On the one hand.. It could have been worse
On the other, why let it happen to someone else?

Could I make a difference by speaking-out? Should I feel obligated to? Am I a whiney little bitch and should learn to love it?
Note: starts slowly..."

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Ordinary people are second-class citizens

easyTree easyTree writes  |  more than 6 years ago

easyTree writes "Most of us might be under the illusion that justice is something which should be accessible to all, equally. Apparently not so:

Det Chief Insp Paul Maghie from Hertfordshire police's Crime Management Department says "The police will never give up efforts to find anybody on the run, but this case was particularly important because it was one of our own officers and we felt justice had not been done."


Just when was it that police officers became more important than the ordinary members of the public that they've sworn to protect? More generally, should we be concerned about our changing relationship with the many organizations originally set-up to grease the wheels of society?"

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